Monday, 11 October 2021
A perfect place to stop and stretch your legs on the way to Skye. Drink in the fresh sea air and sweeping coastal views as you follow the gentle low-level trail around Ard Hill. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters of Loch Alsh below and buzzards and eagles flying above.
This trail loops through the trees to skirt the coast overlooking Loch Alsh. Look out for otters, seals and pods of porpoise in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.
Mostly firm, uneven gravel surface. Short earth and grass section may be muddy. Includes some steep slopes.
Allow ¾ hour
Follow the way-marked route from the car park. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.
There is a hotel and café in Balmacara, a few hundred metres from the entrance to the woods. Otherwise, head to nearby Kyle of Lochalsh for public toilets, shops and places to eat and drink.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
The turn-off for Ard Hill is on the south side of the A87 between the villages of Balmacara and Kirkton.
IV40 8DH is the nearest postcode.
Buses between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh/Skye stop at Balmacara Hotel, a 10 minute walk from the forest entrance. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
Walk beneath the trees beside Loch Alsh
Wander woodland trails for sweeping views across Skye